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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Star Lotulelei generates 'no rush at all,' GM tells ESPN

In a ranking of the players who were the most overpaid in free agency, ESPN's Mike Sando listed the Bills' signing of defensive tackle Star Lotulelei as No. 2.

Lotulelei, 28, got a deal for five years and up to $50 million.

"The Bills are getting a run-stuffing defensive tackle who has missed only two games over five seasons, but the price seemed steep for a player with 'no rush at all,' in the words of one general manager," Sando wrote. "Sean McDermott coached Lotulelei in Carolina and will surely maximize him in the Buffalo defense. But is that familiarity worth $18.5 million fully guaranteed? The Panthers seemed to come out ahead by signing Dontari Poe to a shorter, cheaper deal for three years at $28 million."

Lotulelei has 13 sacks in five seasons, though his primary jobs are to disrupt the play and open holes for the linebackers. Pro Football Focus has not been high on the 6-foot-2, 315-pounder for several years, scoring him above-average in 2013 and '14 but below average for the last three seasons. Lotulelei has recorded a positive score in the pass rushing category just once, in 2014. One of the only DTs to grade lower than Lotulelei in pass rushing last season was fellow Bill Adolphus Washington.

Bills will reportedly host private workout with USC QB Sam Darnold: NFL Network reported that the Bills will head to Southern California on Friday for a private workout with Darnold, who is one of the highest-rated quarterbacks in the draft. The Bills likely won't have a shot at Darnold unless they trade up.

Top 10 wide receivers in the draft: The Bills are still thin at wide receiver. Who are the top players available in the draft? There are no uber prospects this year but the overall depth at the position is good, Mark Gaughan wrote.

LB Kevin Minter, who made free agent visit to Buffalo, instead signs with Jets: The Bills hosted three free-agent middle linebackers this offseason: Will Compton, Kevin Minter and Karlos Dansby. Compton instead signed with the Titans, and Minter on Monday signed with the Jets.


Why Jordan Matthews reportedly signed with the Patriots: Hint: It has to do with that Brady fellow. But even with this signing, the Bills still aren't projected to receive a compensatory draft pick.

Iowa CB Josh Jackson reportedly visiting Bills: You can never have too many corners. Jackson, one of the top cornerbacks in the draft, is reportedly making a pre-draft visit with the Bills. 

Jim Kelly update: "Recovery is slow. Doctors are very optimistic," Jill Kelly posted online.

Daily Drive Podcast: Taking your pick of the QB litter.


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